Tokyo Tango by Rika Yokomori Book Review

Saya is a classically beautiful Japanese girl of nineteen. She has no difficulty attracting men of all ages, and is happy to give them what they want. Sometimes they pay, sometimes not, though she doesn’t particularly like any of them, and as for love, does that really exist?

Then she meets Bogey.

He’s a middle-aged forty-something with a paunch and greying hair who fancies himself as something of a yakuza, a gangster. He makes his living through gambling, wagering on anything late into the night, mahjong, the horses, bicycle riding, and the super-hot boiling over stockmarket where everybody always wins. He adores gangster movies and hanging round with the rough crowd. Saya is bedazzled by Bogey, he’s known as that because of his love of Bogart’s movies. She’s fascinated by his weird selection of friends and is flattered by the attention of an older man, especially one such as he. Inevitably she becomes his mistress without a moment’s hesitation.

‘Whatever you do, don’t go with a gambler,’ was the one piece of advice her mother gave her when it came to men. But when did a teenage girl ever take advice about men from her mother? Saya is no different. She jumps at the opportunity, she loves cuddling into his warm body and laying her head on his fat tummy, she will do anything he wants. She even buys a cookbook and attempts to cook him the food he loves, not that he is impressed by that, preferring to eat in the seedy underworld he inhabits.

So opens Rika Yokomori’s novel set in Japan and New York.

In places the book comes across almost as a reality TV programme. It is as if the camera is set permanently on Saya’s shoulder. She is rarely out of shot as we learn of the exciting parts of her life, and the mundane, almost in equal measure.

But this is a page turner as we watch Saya slowly growing into a worldly-wise woman. Gradually she begins to see things as they really are. Everything, as you might expect, is not so rosy in the life of a wannabe yakuza’s moll. There are sure to be rocky times ahead.

Rika Yokomori has published more than thirty-five books in the past fifteen years and this one is certainly worth a look. True, I did guess the ending some time before actually arriving there, but that was no big disappointment. There is a peach of a final sentence to look forward to. If you enjoy modern novels from Japan then you will find plenty here to keep you interested. If you haven’t tried oriental fiction before, then this one could be a good place to start.

Jonathan Little Secrets Review

Jonathanlittlesecrets.com is a training site that was created by two-time World Poker Tour Champion Jonathan Little. This site includes a 41-minute video that reveals his closely guarded secrets to No Limit Texas Hold’em. Little researched the subject thoroughly before being able to create a stable income from playing the same tables as the world greatest poker players. Jonathan and his staff of world-class players created this site and it is well-known for being one of the best poker training sites available. The training video, Jonathan Little Secrets, will help you fix any flaws in your game so that you can dominate your opponents in sit-n-go tournaments, multi-table tournaments, and cash games.

Little, who was a psychology student at the University of West Florida, let his interest in poker grow into a profession. He researched and studied many poker theories and books to perfect his own skills. These skills gained him an initial bankroll of $35,000 online within a six month period. He decided at that time to make a career out of playing poker as a professional. His career has earned him the title of World Poker Tour Champion on two separate occasions. These experiences gave him the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. They helped him to find and fix flaws within his own playing and also helped him to be able to read his opponents. He has decided to share those skills with other poker players by writing books and training courses and distributing them online.

This 41-minute Jonathan Little Secrets video will give you special strategies that you can use to learn to monitor your own plays. It is important for any poker player to be able to notice when he or she is making mistakes. Amateur style playing will get you nowhere on a consistent basis. Therefore, you need to play like a pro. To do this, you need to learn how to bluff, how to fix flaws in your own playing, and be able to read your opponents. Understanding opponent weakness can help you build your own profits. It is also important for you to be able to know how to play the games completely from any position on any table. The tips and tricks in this video will give you that knowledge.

It does not matter whether you are a beginning poker player or a seasoned professional, it will benefit you to view step-by-step video designed to enhance your performance. Jonathan Little Secrets does just that. The video contains his closely guarded secrets that helped him be able to win countless times and to create a steady income as a professional poker player. You will be able to use the knowledge you gain from this training video to play live and online tables. Who knows, you might even be able to go on to sit in one of the expensive buy-in seats in the World Series of Poker Tournaments.

San Francisco is the Most Photographed City in North America – A Book Review

The Golden Gate Bridge towering over San Francisco Bay as the fog clears, a testament to mankind’s will to overcome adversity, and a symbol to all of a great city. Perhaps, there is no other bridge in the world that captures the human spirit and imagination and there is definitely no city more photographed in the last 100 years than San Francisco. Some say that Las Vegas is more photographed, but mostly people buy post cards there and are too busy being tourists and gambling to take pictures.

Now then, what if I told you that you could have a beautiful collection of pictures of San Francisco, really classy professionally done photographs by the top photographers of our time? What if I told you that you can have all this one awesome coffee table book? Well, it’s true, and the book I describe, I own myself, the book is:

“San Francisco – Photographs by Morton Beebe” with essays from Herb Caen, Tom Cole, Barnaby Conrad, Herbert Gold, and Kevin Star.

This awesome collection has over 200 high-quality extra large photographs and everyone captures the human spirit of San Francisco. Museums, nightlife, beaches, harbor, tourist attractions, trolley cars, row houses, bridges, events, and people. It’s all here, along with lightening, moonlight, sunrises, neon lights and sailboats on the bay. The restaurants, the sights, the hotels, the architecture, it makes San Francisco look like the greatest city in the world.

This is a must have keeper of a photography table book. Now you might ask me what are the cons to this book, I mean I’ve just described how great it is. Well, one of the cons of this book is that it is very heavy, because it is so packed with high quality pictures. Think on that and get a copy today for your family too.

Review of Josh Axelrad’s Blackjack Bio, "Repeat Until Rich"

If you can tip a waiter, you can count cards.

I believe there’s a little bit of gamble in all of us. But for some there’s a ton of gamble, along with a possible addiction. This is the road Josh Axelrad traveled in his memoir, Repeat Until Rich. While the subtitle reads, “A Professional Card Counter’s Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars”, it isn’t so much about wars as it is about small exciting battles.

Josh Axelrad left his nine-to-five job to join a group/team consisting of MIT graduates and gambling veterans. Together they formed a card counting team that would beat casinos out of hundreds of thousands of dollars per session. I’ve seen movies and read books about card counting but this was the first one that details how multiple teams attack several casinos at once.

Axelrad goes into simplistic detail on how card counting works and the different roles each team member plays. Bringing these together you see how the system must work in harmony to be successful. It also shows when one thing is out of order a lot of money can be lost quickly. While card counting isn’t illegal, casinos definitely frown upon it and take great pleasure in “politely” escorting you out. Eventually you can be barred from the casino. This is where the drama and excitement emerges as the teams have to outsmart dealers, pit bosses, and the eye in the sky (security). They develop characters and wear disguises to be able to continue playing in the biggest casinos.

There isn’t much in terms of relationships between the team members and you don’t feel any strong connection with anyone except Axelrad. The teams travel from gambling town to gambling town to run their game plans and you see the toll the road takes on them. From Atlantic City to Las Vegas to the gambling boats on the Mississippi the stress and grind wears on the team and they eventually go their separate ways.

Axelrad returns home to New York after winning over $700,000 in four years and you’d expect this is where the story would flatten out and become one of settling down. It does the opposite as Axelrad becomes addicted to online poker and ends up taking his life down a whole new road. While prosperous new doors had opened for him on his homecoming he slams them all shut to sit home and put his four years of winnings to the test. The excitement of the first half of the book gives way to desperation and depression.

Being an on/off again online poker/blackjack player myself I totally connected with his highs and some of the lows. While it’s considered a cautionary tale it also supplied plenty of excitement and some laughs. If you ever wanted to know how card counting works and actually understand how it’s applied in the casinos I’d suggest reading this book.

Poker Book Review – All In – An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em by Amarillo Slim Preston

I am really not much of a book reviewer but I would like to share this with you. While visiting Amarillo Slim’s new website http://amarilloslim.org I came across Amarillo Slim’s new ebook, All In: An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em, I believe it to be the greatest and most educational book on poker yet. With so many books about poker on the market at first I was skeptical, figuring old Slim was just trying to cash in on the poker craze like everyone else but then I read the book and found It is just simply written and easy to understand. The chapter on hand odds is worth the price of the book, much less the starting hands and tells chapters that give a special insight to a great poker mind at work and a story you will not want to miss. this book also dives into many other aspects of poker including psychology, table position, and of course finding games you can beat. This book was not only informative but very entertaining.

So if you are looking for some good reading or a poker lesson that you actually learn something from, this is the book for you.

Amarillo Slim Preston is a true poker legend, member of five halls of fame, winner of five WSOP bracelets, including the WSOP Championship in 1972. Besides poker, he is also known as a world class billiard’s player and one of the most publicized proposition gamblers in history, making him one of the most successful and recognizable gamblers the world has ever known.

Limit Hold’em – Winning Short-Handed Strategies Book Review

There’s a lot more to the book than how to play a better poker game. It likewise deals with fundamental concepts that many books do not put a dent in. The book Addresses, table Selection, player modeling, standard Deviation, & statistics. If you have not discovered these concepts before then this is a good reason to study this book. The most beneficial section is on “super-short” games, these tables commonly have only two to four players. I am certain you acknowledge that the game alters a good deal when there are fewer players at the table. I read this book since I found it hard to find full tables at a few online poker rooms I play at, this book will assist you in playing these shorthanded & turbo tables that you discover online. The book is 362 pages of a few of the most exclusive poker facts that you can’t get anyplace else. Be sure to analyze the 245 quiz questions & examples that are in the book & your game will improve & you’ll start to dominate & control the limit hold’em poker tables.

If you play shorthanded limit hold ’em you need to buy the book. I’ve read numerous poker books & these are the best strategies ever written about the subject of shorthanded limit hold’em. Former books include parts on playing shorthanded but none of them can even compare to the quantity of information that this book renders on the subject. These authors have chosen a small but crucial part of playing limit hold’em & converted it into a great piece of work. This book is the new authority on playing shorthanded limit hold’em. Since the subject isn’t the most popular the book doesn’t get the same esteem as say Winning Low-Limit Hold’em by Lee Jones but the maneuvers taught are as useful. If you play fixed limit poker you must buy this book, if you play poker then you’ll encounter shorthanded games at some point & need to know strategies that will work. There is not an aspect of playing shorthanded that the book doesn’t address.

I seldom thought of shorthanded games as profitable till I read this book. The authors Terry Bored & Lawrence Mak have made a lot of money playing online poker & are experts. This book may not better every facet of your game but you won’t learn more on the subject anyplace else. The book blew me away, possibly because I didn’t have high prospects for it, but in the end I was glad I read it. The worst part of the book is that it’s just 362 pages & it departs you desiring even more.